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Publish Date : Wednesday 11 January 2017 - 09:36
31 Killed, 80 Injured after Twin Blasts Hit Kabul
31 Killed, 80 Injured after Twin Blasts Hit Kabul
Islam Times - At least 31 people were killed and dozens injured after two suicide bombings targeted a van Tuesday carrying administrative staffers of the Afghan parliament in the capital of Kabul.
The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the twin blasts, which officials said happened on a road near the parliament compound and the private American University of Afghanistan in Kabul.
The bombing, which followed a period of relative calm in Kabul, inured 80 people.
The violence began when a suicide attacker on foot detonated a bomb near the van, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said. The second blast came from a vehicle that exploded when police arrived to help victims, said Ahmad Wali, a Kabul district police chief.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the attack targeted a minibus carrying staff from Afghanistan's main intelligence agency, killing or wounding as many as 70 people.
Earlier on Tuesday, a suicide bomber on foot struck in the southern Helmand province, killing at least seven people, officials said.
The target of the attack was a guesthouse used by a provincial intelligence official in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the earlier attack.
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